Florence Gould Theater

Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Alfred Escoffier

Exterior view of Houghton Hall
November 9, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

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Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Marsha Holm

Houghton Hall
November 4, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

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Film Screening: "Mona Lisa Is Missing"

Mona Lisa is Missing film poster
September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from her place on the wall in the Salon Carré in the Louvre. Even more surprising, this famous work of art remained missing for ​nearly two and a half years.​ It was one of the biggest news stories of its day, making headlines around the world. French police were completely baffled, and as time passed, Parisians resigned themselves to never seeing Leonardo's masterpiece again—even though the Mona Lisa and her kidnapper were hiding under their very noses.

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Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Ellen Harden

Architectural drawing for the Marble Parlour at Houghton Hall and John Signer Sargent painting of Sybil
October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state.

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Docent Lecture: "All That Glitters . . . Jewelry at the Fine Arts Museums", by Peggy Gordon

Wreath from Greece, 4-3rd century BC
October 7, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Gold objects have fascinated all cultures from almost the beginning of time. Gold has been important both for its secular and its religious use. Using representations in the Fine Arts Museums' collection, we view examples of gold jewelry and other objects from around the world.

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Docent Lecture: "What's the Story? Narratives in Works from the Permanent Collection", by Jim Kohn

Thomas Hart Benton oil painting of Susanna and the Elders
September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Discover lively stories from the Old and New Testaments, classical legends, the poetry of Italy and France, and American history. Who inspired The Thinker? Where is "Carlotta Valdes" from the movie Vertigo?  It's all in this illuminating presentation of narratives seen in artworks at the Fine Arts Museums.

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